The Northwest String Summit at Horning’s Hideout in North Plains, Oregon, has become somewhat of a mecca for bluegrass musicians and fans alike, consistently bringing together big names and small across the bluegrass scene to join together in collaboration and celebration. One such regular at the festival is Fruition, the five-piece jamgrass outfit from Portland, Oregon, who will be returning to the bluegrass festival slated for July 13th through 16th this summer.Watch Greensky Bluegrass Tear Up “Reverend” At Last Year’s Northwest String Summit [Pro-Shot]The folks over at Jamgrass TV have just released a new pro-shot video of the Oregon band’s performance last year at the Northwest String Summit ahead of this year’s festival. In this latest video, Fruition goes into a fiery rendition of “Boil Over,” a song off their 2013 release Just One Of Them Nights. You can watch the group’s performance below as a way to get stoked on Fruition’s return to Horning’s Hideout this summer.Fruition Bares Their Hearts And Souls On A Monday Night In Bloomington [Videos/Full Audio]Just like in 2016, Fruition is slated to perform two sets across the duration of the Northwest String Summit, along with Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, Del McCoury Band, JJ Grey & Mofro, Elephant Revival, Todd Snider & Great American Taxi, Turkuaz, and more. The festival this year will also see a performance by a new all-woman group dubbed Sideboob, which features Fruition’s Mimi Naja along with Allie Kral of Yonder Mountain String Band and Katelyn and Laurie Shook, also known as the Shook Twins. You can head over to Northwest String Summit’s website to get more information about the festival as well as to purchase tickets, as we can tell already that you’re not going to want to miss out this year.Frution, “Boil Over,” Northwest String Summit 2016
I’m often surprised to find companies that continue to invest in data strategies that fail to respond to their business needs. They are taking a page from an old playbook and expect it to work in their new, rapidly evolving environments. They’re trying to forge a new path with an old map, which won’t help them keep pace with competitors, continue to innovate or ultimately grow their businesses. Companies today need to adopt a new mentality when it comes to data analytics. They should work to imagine and embrace the art of the possible. In doing so, they should ask themselves: What can we do now that we couldn’t do before using new technologies and approaches? It could mean the difference between market leadership or future failure.As a company’s data sets continue to grow in size and vary in nature, the data management systems in place must allow the organizations the flexibility to grow and change with it. Beyond just the data, company’s also need to be able to execute new techniques to maximize the insights contained within the data, to promote better, faster business decisions, forge new paths forward and create new revenue streams.One leading technique is Artificial Intelligence (AI) – a concept that has been around since the 1960’s, when AI pioneers began predicting that machines would discern and learn tasks without human intervention. They would quite literally be able to ‘think’ for themselves. Fast forward to 2025 there will be 163 zettabytes of data  with an estimated 80% that is no longer human parsable. Those predictions are not just a reality, but also a requirement. With all of this data spanning every industry, the use cases for AI are endless. But, as you look across those use cases there are a common core of AI techniques applied behind each application.Take Deep Learning, for example – a branch inside of machine learning. Deep learning differs from traditional algorithms by using neural networks to uncover features and solve problems. Organizations have quickly adopted Deep Learning because of the ability to get insights from images, video, audio, and free text. The most common DL methods we come across are:Image detection, allows you to detect whether or not something is presentImage classification, allows you to classify what type of thing is presentNatural language processing, allows you ask the meaning and intent to words and textSpeech recognition, allows you transform audio across languages into a common form for NLPSegmentation, allows you to determine to what extent something is presentPrediction, allows you to ask what is the likely outcomeRecommendation, allows you to get suggested outcomesMachine generated images and video used in the entertainment industryFigure 1 below gives a snapshot summary of some of these methods and shows how they can be directly applied to a business case with measurable value. When applied individually or combined these methods provide the foundation for the ‘Art of the Possible’, making business applications that were impossible before, finally possible.Figure 1: Mapping Data to AI Power Outcomes While the concepts of AI and Deep Learning still seem untouchable to many, we at Dell EMC are constantly finding new ways to bring AI to the forefront. We are taking our daily learning and turning it into validated infrastructure solutions that will make AI simpler, faster, and more accessible. Our family of validated Dell EMC Isilon and NVIDIA based solutions offer flexibility and informed choice by pairing high performance, high bandwidth GPU accelerated compute with high performance, scale-out flash storage. This puts our customers in the driver’s seat with forgettable scale-out infrastructure that makes nothing seems out of the question.As an example of the ‘Art of the Possible’, we will be hosting a VIP evening event during the upcoming O’Reilly Conference in New York on April 17. The guest of honor will be Sophia – the humanoid robot who uses a combination of the techniques detailed to interact using human gestures, expressions and language. This will provide our customers a first-hand look at what is now possible and help them understand how these same technologies can be applied to drive innovation and growth within their own businesses. Sophia and I will also be featured on the O’Reilly YouTube channel and Sophia will be in the Dell Technologies booth on Wednesday April 17th from 10:30-11:30 AM where we’re going to be raffling off tickets to the evening event.If you too are interested in learning more about how AI and Deep Learning can benefit your business, please get in touch with me at the show. We look forward to helping you turn the previously unimaginable into reality. Data Age 2025 – https://blog.seagate.com/business/enormous-growth-in-data-is-coming-how-to-prepare-for-it-and-prosper-from-it/ Thanks to Tony Paikeday at NVIDIA for the foundation of this chart
Austrian defender Sebastian Prodl has already arrived and the club’s contacts in Italy are likely to facilitate the capture of further talented individuals. PERSONALITY Diego Forlan was a star of Atletico’s charge to the Europa League but his subsequent bust-up with Flores saw him isolated from the squad and spitting accusations of “bad blood” between the pair. The impeccably dressed coach left the Vicente Calderon under a cloud in 2011 having left Valencia in similar circumstances years earlier, suggesting he possesses a fiery and emotional character. Angrily voicing your concerns in public can earn managers hefty fines and bans in the Premier League but it is more pressing that Flores does not lose control of the Hornets dressing room. SLAVEN BILIC ACHIEVEMENTS Beyond his time as a tough-tackling centre-back with West Ham and Everton, England best remembers Bilic as the manager whose Croatia team denied the Three Lions a place at Euro 2008. The famous 3-2 win at Wembley significantly raised Bilic’s profile and from that point forward he was consistently linked with a return to Upton Park. He continued to impress in his role with Croatia but, after leaving the role in 2012, flopped at Lokomotiv Moscow and spent two dynamic but ultimately trophyless years with Besiktas in Turkey. TACTICS The 46-year-old favours a flat back four, balance and creativity in his midfield, and versatile strikers. Bilic’s sides play a short passing game – a style traditionally popular in Croatia – and prefer to control possession of the ball in the opposition’s half. Besiktas players were shown 10 red cards during his final season in charge, meaning discipline could well be an issue, and his determination to push players forward may see the Hammers caught out consistently on the counter-attack. PERSONALITY The occasional smoker from Split is certainly one of the game’s most intriguing personalities. A former law student and still an amateur rock musician, Bilic prides himself on his man-management skills and firmly believes that boosting players’ morale off the pitch will breed positive results on it. His illustrative command of the English language is bound to provide some of the coming season’s best media sound bites while he will hope his unbridled confidence rubs off on his new charges. Press Association Every summer brings a raft of changes to Barclays Premier League dressing rooms and dugouts alike, with familiar faces making way for fresh – and often rather colourful – characters. QUIQUE SANCHEZ FLORES ACHIEVEMENTS Flores, the son of a successful Real Madrid defender, was a regular fixture at right-back during his 10 years at Valencia and quickly adapted to the challenges of management. He guided Los Che to a third-placed finish in the Primera Division but it was at Atletico Madrid where he really began to shine, revitalising the club and steering them to the Europa League title in 2010. Since leaving Madrid his fortunes have been mixed – he has taken in spells in the Middle East and a brief stint with Getafe before being identified as the man to lead Watford in the English top flight. TACTICS The 50-year-old has been criticised for being tactically conservative but it was that insistence on defensive stability and patient build-up play that saw Atletico romp to victory in Europe five years ago. Watford already have an abundance of attacking talent so Flores will perhaps spend the early days of his reign improving matters at the back. Quique Sanchez Flores and Slaven Bilic, the Spaniard and Croatian who have just taken charge of Watford and West Ham respectively, are very different personalities and extol the virtues of rather diverse brands of football. Here, Press Association Sport’s James Cann examines what fans can expect to see from the two latest managerial imports.
… Guyana, Barbados also winWINDWARD ISLANDS ended Trinidad and Tobago’s unbeaten run at the Cricket West Indies Regional Under-17 tournament on Sunday with a narrow two-wicket win in their fourth and penultimate round match at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Tarouba.Sent in to bat, the hosts, winners of the 2016 competition, were dismissed for 148 runs in 36.4 overs with Avinash Mahabirsingh topscoring with 63, off 61 balls, with 10 fours and a six.S. Gerson was the chief destroyer for the Windwards with 4-17 while G Serieux chipped in with 2-29.Set a revised target of 147, under the Duckworth-Lewis system, the Windwards reached 149-8 in 47.2 overs, with Serieux leading the way with 54 while J. Alexander was unbeaten on 22. D. Auguste also struck 22 for the victors.Mahabirsingh returned with the ball to take 3-22 and Jayden Seales 3-23.Entering today’s final round of matches, TT have a record of three wins and one loss, while the Windwards have two wins, a loss and a no-result – similar to Barbados.The Leeward Islands and Guyana each have two wins and two losses, while Jamaica were beaten in all four of their matches to date.At the National Cricket Centre, Couva, Barbados took care of the Leewards by 19 runs.Rashawn Worrell hit the first century of the tournament – 101 (114 deliveries, 12 boundaries and one six), while N. Reifer, M. Forde and T. Gibson each made 31, as the Bajans tallied 258-9 in their allotted 50 overs. Z, White got 2-38 for the Leewards.Despite P. Miller’s 42, T. Francis’ 38 and D. Benta’s 32, the Leewards were only able to muster 239-9 in their 50 overs in response. R. Headley did the damage with the ball with 4.44 while Forde took 2/.7.And, at the Queen’s Park Oval, St Clair, Guyana trounced Jamaica by 81 runs.The Guyanese posted 182-4 in 50 overs and then dismissed Jamaica for 101.Final Round Fixtures for today: – Trinidad and Tobago vs Leeward Islands, National Cricket Centre, Couva; Guyana vs Barbados, Gilbert Park, Couva; Jamaica vs Windward Islands, Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Tarouba. (Extracted from Trinidad and Tobago Newsday)